Greg (one of our tribe of five) and I had driven from Tucson to Picacho to climb Picacho Peak last Saturday. Greg's a commercial fisherman from Barnegat Light, NJ.
Picacho Peak looks as if it would take a mountain climber to scale the height, but looks are deceiving. In the 1940s, there was a beacon on top to warn aircraft at night.
We reached the top a little after noon, and joined a troop of Boy Scouts on the summit.
The southerly peak (3,370') is the highest point, and after an arduous climb, most hikers turn right around and go back down.
Greg and I were looking at the crystalline formations that run through the rock, and we hiked to the north end of the summit.
That's where I found this little bleached white snail shell. It's the size of a dime. The only thing I can figure is that a bird found it on the relatively cool north side of the formation and carried it up there for lunch.
I placed the shell on top of a young saguaro cactus to stage the photo. If you climb Picacho Peak, it's likely still there. That northern peak doesn't get much foot traffic.
The snail, the cactus, and the surrounding desert give it surrealistic feel. I made a greeting card with the photo for my Send Out Cards business. If you would like the greeting card with the photo, contact me through Active Rain with your mailing address, and I'll send it to you! (I appreciate my readers. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. Remember: Snail Mail Address! LOL)
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